AT&T Launches IoT WAN Pilot


AT&T is adding to its Internet of Things (IoT) strategy with the launch of a new LTE-M enabled commercial site, said to be the first of its kind in North America.

The company says the San Francisco-based pilot of the low-power wide-area network (WAN) will precede AT&T making LTE-M widely available next year.

AT&T's Chris PenroseAT&T says the network will better enable IoT-connected devices by improving coverage, extending battery life and provide “carrier-grade security.”

“Innovations like LTE-M will bring IoT to more end points than ever before,” said Chris Penrose, president of Internet of Things Solutions at AT&T. “It’s part of our strategy to offer the widest range of IoT network options to our customers.”

For the pilot, AT&T is partnering with several customers, including CalAmp and PepsiCo, to analyze how the network helps them in their respective industries. Additionally, technology providers such as Qualcomm and Telit will offer solutions within the project.

“We’ve joined with Altair, Ericsson and technology leaders from across the ecosystem to launch the first LTE-M enabled commercial site in North America,” Penrose said.{ad}

AT&T has been rolling out a long list of IoT initiatives this fall, including a partnership with IBM Cloud to store data from its connected devices and IoT data plans.

AT&T partners got an earful of information about IoT at the recent AT&T Partner Exchange Summit, where company leaders Brooks McCorcle and Ralph de la Vega – as well as Salesforce’s Tiffani Bova – encouraged them to take advantage of the new technology.

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